On-Campus Recruiting, MLK Lecture, Spring Arrival Deadline

February 26, 2021

Dear Cornell students,

As you settle into the semester, let’s all continue to focus on the overall health and safety of our campus and greater Ithaca communities. Every time you properly mask up, maintain physical distance, find ways to connect virtually, complete your Daily Check with transparency and inspire your peers to do these same actions, you’re protecting the most vulnerable among us. We’re all in this together, and each of us plays an important role in promoting our collective well-being.

Winter in Ithaca can be unpredictable, and it can be tough to maintain a general sense of well-being. Please consider taking advantage of campus wellness opportunities to help you find meaningful connection and friendship, mental and physical health support and ways to stay physically active. Don’t forget, as well, about two upcoming Wellness Days, March 9-10, to provide a break from classes.

Thank you for your partnership this fall in keeping our campus and local community safe. I hope you continue to inspire the best in each other and practice public health measures that keep us all safe, so that we may continue to have a successful on-campus semester.


Sharon McMullen
Assistant Vice President of Health and Wellbeing, Student and Campus Life

Campus Life

May 2021 Commencement

We dearly hope that we can have an in-person ceremony for our May 2021 graduates; however, due to evolving New York state quarantine restrictions and limitations on in-person gathering sizes, it is too early to determine if this will be possible. We strongly discourage guests from making any non-refundable travel arrangements until the university’s plans are confirmed. Details on the expected format of Commencement celebrations will be announced in March 2021.

Leadership workshop series

Campus Activities offers its virtual Student and Advisor Leadership Workshop Series, covering various ways that students and advisors can help their organizations grow and develop. Find workshops on the CampusGroups events calendar, under the "open training/workshop" tag.

New on-campus recruiting tutorial

The on-campus recruiting tutorial, provided by Cornell Career Services to assist students in the job search process with Handshake and to arrange individual interviews between employers and qualified students, has moved to Canvas. Join today by clicking the self-enrollment link in Canvas. If you have been approved prior to Jan. 11, you do not need to retake the tutorial.

Hazing violations

Joining an organization, chapter or team should never jeopardize your physical or mental health. In fact, 90% of Cornell students say it’s never justified to humiliate or intimidate new group members. Visit the hazing website to learn about how Cornell defines hazing, to review previous hazing violations or to report hazing-related concerns.

Connect with Cornell alumni

Sign up for CUeLINKS, a university-wide online networking platform where students can connect with Cornell alumni, faculty, staff and friends across the world to find advice on navigating Cornell, choosing career paths and other life choices.

Make a difference on Giving Day

On March 11, following a year of resilience and innovation, Cornellians will come together to support the university on Giving Day 2021, which will include fun challenges, gift matches and leaderboards updated in real time. It is a great way for students and families to join with Big Red alumni and friends to support the programs that have been meaningful to them.

Effective March 5, the Daily Check "Change Your Test Day" form will no longer be available

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Upcoming Events


Housing & Dining

Spring arrival deadline and planning

Students planning to return to the Ithaca area for the spring semester must do so by March 15, whether living on or off campus, and must follow Cornell’s requirements for arrival quarantine and testing.

Dining takeout reservations

Reservations for takeout service in Cornell’s residential dining rooms are no longer required. Guests are still required to make a reservation for dine-in service.

Sign-up deadline for 2021-22 general room selection

Students seeking on-campus housing for the 2021-22 academic year must sign up for general room selection by 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, March 6. Additionally, university-owned cooperative houses are still taking applications. Students can find more information from the Co-Op Mosey open house.


Time management tips

Successful students know it’s better to keep up rather than catch up with their coursework! The Learning Strategies Center has resources on time and stress management and breaking the procrastination cycle to stay on top of your schoolwork.

Library resources

Do you have trouble finding the right information for your assignments? Schedule a remote consultation or get in touch via chat or email with a librarian for tips on becoming a more efficient researcher.

Freshmen sought for Milstein Program 2024 cohort

Are you looking for an opportunity at the nexus of technology and humanity? The Milstein Program in Technology & Humanity combines a liberal arts education with cutting-edge programs and courses at Cornell Tech. Learn more and apply by March 31.

Health, Wellness & Recreation

Campus fitness and recreation spaces

Campus fitness centers and recreation spaces are reopening for student use with modified hours, including Helen Newman pool and bowling, Reis Tennis Center, Lindseth Climbing Center and Barton Hall. For more details on types of allowable activity, hours and capacity limits, visit the recreation and fitness website. Intramural sports and activities and club sports remain virtual at this time.

Trivia Wednesdays

Participate in a weekly trivia competition each Wednesday at 8 p.m. Competitors can join the stream each week; registration is not required.

Cornell Fitness Center virtual group fitness student memberships

Memberships are now available for $50, which offers unlimited access to the CFC virtual group fitness classes all semester. Pre-recorded Group Fitness classes are available for free. Free live virtual group fitness classes include ZUMBA classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:15 p.m. and yoga on Wednesdays at 6:15 p.m.

Tips for lower-risk drinking

Students who choose to drink alcohol can reduce negative consequences by following Cornell Health’s tips, which will help you to recognize and respond to an alcohol emergency. Remember that Cornell’s Good Samaritan Protocol and New York state law help to protect those who call 911 for help and those who receive help in alcohol- or drug-related emergencies.

Cornell Health spring 2021 services

Cornell Health continues to provide most medical and mental health services through Zoom telehealth appointments. Limited in-person services include COVID-19 diagnostic testing, select medical and physical therapy appointments and pharmacy services. Wait times to schedule routine/non-urgent medical appointments may be longer than usual due to staff support for campus pandemic efforts.

CAPS spring counseling groups now open

Cornell Health’s CAPS-led counseling groups – including a new support group for men of color – are now open and accepting new members. Other topics include anxiety, grief and mindfulness, with groups especially for women, LGBTQ+ students and students on the autism spectrum.

EARS peer support offerings to be reimagined

EARS (Empathy Assistance & Referral Service) will redesign its peer support offerings and pursue new strategies to promote student mental health and well-being through ongoing training and outreach efforts.

Supporting your well-being

Cornell Health’s Coping During COVID-19 webpage offers self-care tips and resources to support your well-being, including Let’s Talk drop-in consultations.

Public Service & Engagement

Robinson-Appel Humanitarian Awards

The Robinson-Appel Humanitarian Awards recognize and honor students who have had significant involvement in community service by providing support for their projects, which address a community’s social needs or problems. Each of the three projects selected will receive $2,500. Applications are due March 12.

Explore ways to help

The Public Service Center maintains a diverse listing of volunteer opportunities, many of which are virtual.

Additional Resources

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